fall in style with Old Navy

I'm excited.

Really excited.

It's been a while since I've felt like this. There's been a lot of changes the past year and as a result, my blog's been on the quiet side. Lately all I've been doing is commute, work, sleep. Rinse and repeat. I'll be the first to tell you that when your commute is pretty much two hours each way, you value sleep more than anything else. My usual morning thoughts go something like this, "Wake up earlier and put in some extra effort or sleep a little longer? SLEEP." Sleep (usually) wins.

Now when I shop, I look for key pieces that are simple to throw on and I can rotate often in my closet for work. Old Navy makes it easy and has always been the store I find epic steals in. Fall plaid poncho? Check. Elastic boucle pants? Check, check.
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Wearing: (c/o) Old Navy Poncho & Old Navy Boucle Pants

This outfit is easy to recreate and change up because you can swap out the other pieces such as the t-shirt for something like a denim dress. Don't feel like a dress? Trade the boucle pants for some skinny jeans or even leggings. Oh and the makeup is way done later in the car.

It was really fun to take a break with Rachel (the one currently behind the lens) and do this shoot right outside our building. We're working on getting those creative juices flowing again.

I've been living in the moment and now I'm ready to be back.

it's scarf season!

Madewell, Scarf Blanket
Madewell, Scarf Blanket
Last month I couldn't believe it was October and now I can't believe it's November. I'm already missing those late summer nights full of laughter and no worries. Don't get me wrong-I like Autumn too. There's just something about a new season that gets me a little bit anxious, especially around this time of the year. I think it has to do with school being back in session, winter holidays coming up and pretty much the new year rolling in. 2015...I don't even want to think about it right now.

It's finally starting to cool down in the Golden State and while it's nothing like having real seasons, it's enough to bring out the sweaters and scarves. I like this trend of using scarves as a throw blanket since I'm always wrapped up in a blanket at home anyway. It keeps me warm and gives a new look with ease.

I may as well share that I'm guilty of purchasing one of these scarves. Can you guess which one? I can't get enough of the monogrammed Burberry one but I also don't have $1400 bucks to drop. I ordered the Madewell Gridflip scarf and can't wait for its arrival. I'm positive I'll be getting good use out of it this season. 

Here's to a productive November. Ready, set, go!

with love

It's raining and I'm mostly waiting for it to be pouring. While I do miss the sunshine and happiness it brings, California needs the rain. I always find it coincidental that when it rains, it reflects exactly how I'm feeling at the moment. There are difficult things on my mind that I'm trying to process. Lately I feel like I've just been rolling with the punches but there are always the ups and downs. Such is the life of a mid twenty something year old.

I'm incredibly grateful for all the solid people in my life.

So my good friends, thank you.

a happy september

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Isn't it scary how fast time flies? Last I checked, it was still the beginning of September. You'll have to forgive me for not being able to post as much as I would have liked to. After Malibu, I ended up flying to Chicago and New York...without my laptop. I know. I mean, how could I have done such an awful thing? I felt pretty naked without it but honestly, I didn't want to lug the thing around. 

It's only 9:20 PM and I'm exhausted already! The three hour time difference is taking its toll. I'm going to pass out so I can wake up early and work on my blog posts. There's so much to write about!

Good night, loves.

sweet sun-date

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Wearing: Diesel jacket (similar), Savvy Trends top (similar), Target x Rodarte collaboration skirt, Zara heels (similar)

I've been spending a lot of my time with my baby cousin Kayle. I haven't seen her in a few months and now she's almost taller than me. Well, she's not really a baby. She's more of a pre-teen now. I can't wrap my mind around her growing up so fast.  I kept in touch with her while I was traveling throughout Europe and she loved all my macaron photos.

Me: "Have you tried a macaron before?"

Kayle: "Only the ones from Trader Joe's that my mom buys."

After that conversation, I knew I had to take her to Bouchon Bakery in Yountville. It would be a new experience for the both of us since I've never been to there either. We both had a lovely time outdoors, enjoying our delicious macarons. Kayle took her first bite and sighed in bliss. She said the line is absolutely worth the wait.

As a fellow macaron lover, I had to do my duty and show her the way. Now she's anxiously waiting for another pastry weekend adventure. Smart kid.

In a few hours, I'll be on my way to Malibu. I finally decided on a dress and can't wait to show you. Now if only I had a magical fairy to help me pack my bag...

In the meantime, stay updated on my Instagram

I got into the routine of blogging. It feels so weird missing a few days.

no more waiting

In need of a new jam to get you going? Listen and repeat.


casual weekend wear

Wearing: Madewell// tank top, boyfriend jeans, leather tote, zip pouch, leopard flats

Lately I find myself gravitating towards a more simple style. It makes putting outfits together quicker and I get more wear out of it. Madewell is the perfect example of effortless and cool. They carry pieces that are worth investing in. For those of us on a budget, the best time to shop there is when they have an additional 40% sale. I've been able to snag t-shirts for less than $10.

I created this Polyvore set because 1. I'm addicted to looking at the collages and 2. this is my current weekend outfit on repeat. Tank, denim, flats and a tote to carry to toss my life in. The pouch is for the little things that seem to get lost. Chapstick, keys, bobby pins...you know what I'm talking about. The look is easy to change up with a few accessories or even a bright lipstick for that pop of color.

With that said, I'm going to enjoy the summer sun and Grace: A Memoir.

Happy weekend! 

berliner dom

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Wearing: c/o Charlotte Russe top (similar), c/o Charlotte Russe skirt (similar), Topshop sandals

I wish I had taken more photos in Miami but I was having way too much fun catching up with friends. I made it a point to not do touristy things while I was there. Liane dropped me off at the airport before heading to work.  I always find myself involved in funny situations with airport security. (And by funny, I mean I'm panicking at the time and then my friends laugh at me later.)

Exhibit A: When I was stopped at Hong Kong International airport because they found a mini knife in my bag. I had chills when security said, "You are carrying a small knife." After freaking out and having security go through my luggage, it turns out said knife was a travel size nail file. Face palm.

Exhibit B: Arriving at Bankok, Thailand, I had no clue where I was staying because my aunt had booked the hotel through a travel agency. Everyone else got to go through customs except me. I stood off to the side for who knows how long until security decided it was okay.

I forgot about those moments until something happened this time around while heading to Berlin. First, I wasn't able to board the plane because I forgot to sign my passport. I don't even know what to say to that. I signed and went on my merry way. I located my seat which was next to a rather nice gentleman, who talked about all the cool things I should do in Germany. He mentioned he flew a lot for his work and I asked him what his occupation is. 

Homeland security.

Go figure.

Thank you Charlotte Russe for the outfits! 


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